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Paddling Banks Lake at Jones Bay Campground

  1. Put-in
    Launch fees, parking ...

  2. Summaries
    Location, conditions, warnings, paddle route, nature ...

  3. Provisions
    Food, fuel, firewood, WIFI, local information

  4. Accommodations
    Camping, cabins

  5. Additional info
    Rating, disclaimer

WARNING: Banks Lake water level is being lowered August 2011.


Putting in a canoe or kayak is free when camping or included with the Discover Pass.

Day parking is very limited.

Most of the campsites have some sort of path to the lake where your craft and be launched. Camping and launching is big deal and a big part of the Paddle Heaven Super kewl rating.

The day use area is located next to the entrance from highway with some sort of way to get in the water there.

I suspect there can be bees in the mud and possibly snakes on the shoreline so you have been warned but none were sighted in June 2011. My feet received MANY stings when camping at Sunbanks Resort many years ago. Bees use the mud in the paths people pound down at the lake edges.


Update September 18, 2011.
Banks Lake has been lowered 26 feet or so. The paddling was stunning in the Northrup Point area. The area was lovely with more exposed rocks to paddle around. Other State Park boat ramps besides Northrup Point were closed. Sunday morning September 18 the Northrup Point boat ramp was closed. The signs at the boat ramps say area closed. For example at the Northrup Point area the parking for the boat ramp is off limits. The ramp is closed probably because putting a powerboat in and pulling it out in the rocks is difficult and vehicles were getting stuck. Too bad car top vessels are not allowed to park and carry their gear to the water like I did.

Update August 14, 2011
Banks Lake is being lowered about one foot day for reservoir repairs. The shoreline is growing and is extremely muddy and smells. Lots of unsanctioned paddle in places to find and camp with the lower water levels. Currently the lake is down about 5 feet and will be 20 feet lower by September and then down to 30 feet lower.

Eye candy paddling kayaking and canoeing Banks Lake at Jones Bay Campground June 2011.

The overall rating here is more like a 10 for natural wonders of real live living rock gardens filled with not just rocks but wildflowers and the aroma of roses and other plants.

Jones Bay Campground is located on north eastern shore of Banks Lake south of Electric City 3 - 4 in Central Washington State in theNational Scenic Byway runs from Omak in the north south to Othello and is called Coulee Corridor. This corridor offers many other great sites and plenty of knock your socks off places to put-in a kayak or canoe for the day or longer.

See the map provided on this page for the exact location and how to get there from where you start.

This spot is at least a three season paddling adventure location.

Wind of course, lightning at times and speed boats and jet skis roar around. Rocks in and out of the water.

Paddle route
Where to start. Of course start paddling at your campsite or from the day use area next to the highway.

Paddlers can spend time in Jones Bay out of the way of much of the wind if it is blowing.

A route can head north to Osborne Bay passing through country with shoreline filled with greenery and alive with all sorts of wonderful birds singing and doing what birds do.

The main attraction regarding paddling at this location is the STUNNING paddle opportunities south and west across Banks Lake to wonderful rock gardens.

This isn't the same type of rock gardens found in ocean waters. These are rocky shoreline with cliffs that feature a variety of wildflowers and other plants. This area is a true rock garden paddling adventure. June 2011 was a late spring and the flowers and other plants were at some of their best displays the entire route.

Rocky shorelines and cliffs broken by lovely flora that is native to Central Washington State and specifically to the Coulee Corridor.

For on land nature exploration check out Northrup Canyon part of the Steamboat Park caomplex. There is hiking with a critter fest including raptors of all sorts, eagles in the winter and TONS of wildflowers especially on the Old Wagon Road that goes up the basalt talus hills from near the parking area. Bring your camera.

For further details on the wonderful wildlife including the wildflowers in Steamboat Park and other areas of Central and Easter Washington State check out Bentler.us a wonderful site dedicated to the flora and fauna in this region.


There are NO provisions of any sort at Jones Bay. No water for drinking.

Bring what you need or head to Electric City to the first grocery going north on the highway at H&H advertised as the friendliest store on Banks Lake. I have to agree with the friendly service.


Primitive Camping if you want to call it that is $12.00 bucks a night at Jones Bay. There are two sections. There is a small amount of RV and possibly tent sites at the highway. Further out there is a string of park and walk your goodies into the brush campsites. The super kewl sites are at the end of the road. There you park and walk a hundred yards or so out to shoreline camping with some nice views. Can't beat this "primitive" camping. Love it.

There is a group camp you can reserve if you have a posse.

For some budget camping, cabins, yurts, RV and hostels, check out Paddle Heaven's map and page of links as well as Paddle Heaven's Camping cabins and more.

Additional Information

Deliverance rating.

There don't appear to be too many crazies lurking around here. Seems to be well managed by the parks we need to support.

Tranquility Ranking
One way to up the tranquility rank besides taking Valium, until a National Day of Silence, no fossil fuel noise, try hearing protection.

Highway and other fossil fuel noise on the water can make for some noise. But if you live by a freeway in the Big Shitty this place might appear to be quiet until you turn on the video cam and hear the background noise. Otherwise this camping area and paddling is a delight.

Fishing Reports, Stocking Reports & Fish Counts from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Things your need to know.
Read Me disclaimer, warnings, paddle at your own risk.

Click for Electric_City, Washington Forecast

See some of the weather conditions in Washington State by viewing Web Cams in diffefrent locaitons before you head out paddling.

View Coulee Corridor Paddling in a larger map

Approximate distance from:
Seattle 223 miles.
Spokane 92 miles.

GPS: 47.89007,-119.07963

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Region: Coulee Corridor

Overall rating: 5 paddles.

Launch: Free when camping or with a Discover Pass for day paddling.

Launch rating: 4 paddles.

Parking: Included with camping or Discover Pass for day use. Washington State public lands parking permit

Miscellaneous More skills and equipment the better here.

Route Distance: varies upon skills and desire and conditions.

Highlights: NATURE, Paddle Heaven rock gardens.

Warnings: Jet skis, speed boats, wind, ROCK

Fossil fuel noise levels: 5 on a scale of 0-10. 10 being the loudest.

Facilities: Vault toile no potable water, some cell.

Services: NO services. Electric City a few miles up the highway to the north has fuel and food and some camping stuff.

Budget accommodations: Tent,Cabin,Hostels,Kayak Camps,RV,Yurt.


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Last Update: 09.21.11 7:58am